2018 Olympic Medal Tally Per Capita

The long-term success of Norway at the Winter Olympics has been heralded due to their relatively small population size. They have consistently matched the larger nations of the USA, Germany and Russia. Below we use the 2018 medal table as an example to compare the medals per population ranking. The population data is taken from the CIA World Factbook, with the values estimated for 2017.

Ranking countries by total medals per million people

Here are the final standings on the medal table for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, where the medals are calculated per capita (medal count divided by population). Thirty countries won at least one medal. Norway won a record 39 medals, despite having a much smaller population than many of the world sporting superpowers. Consequently Norway was high on this table, however, they were not the best performing country per capita. That title went to Liechtenstein which has a population of just 38244 people, and managed to bag a single bronze medal.

rank country total medals population medals per million people
1 Liechtenstein 1 38,244 26.15
2 Norway 39 5,320,045 7.33
3 Switzerland 15 8,236,303 1.82
4 Austria 14 8,741,753 1.60
5 Sweden 14 9,960,487 1.41
6 Netherlands 20 17,084,719 1.17
7 Finland 6 5,518,371 1.09
8 Slovenia 2 1,972,126 1.01
9 Canada 29 35,623,680 0.81
10 Czech Republic 7 10,674,723 0.66
11 Slovakia 3 5,445,829 0.55
12 Latvia 1 1,944,643 0.51
13 New Zealand 2 4,510,327 0.44
14 Germany 31 80,594,017 0.38
15 Republic of Korea 17 51,181,299 0.33
16 Belarus 3 9,549,747 0.31
17 France 15 67,106,161 0.22
18 Italy 10 62,137,802 0.16
19 Australia 3 23,232,413 0.13
20 Olympic Athlete from Russia 17 142,257,519 0.12
21 Japan 13 126,451,398 0.10
22 Hungary 1 9,850,845 0.10
23 Belgium 1 11,491,346 0.09
24 Great Britain 5 64,769,452 0.08
25 United States 23 326,625,791 0.07
26 Kazakhstan 1 18,556,698 0.05
27 Poland 2 38,476,269 0.05
28 Spain 2 48,958,159 0.04
29 Ukraine 1 44,033,874 0.02
30 China 9 1,379,302,771 0.01

Ranking countries by gold medals per million people

Twenty-two countries won at least one gold medal, with Norway and Germany both winning 14 golds. Due to Norway's much smaller population, they clearly led this per-capita table. Norway is also a top 10 nation in the per capita ranking for the Summer Games too.

rank country gold medals population gold medals per million people
1 Norway 14 5,320,045 2.63
2 Sweden 7 9,960,487 0.70
3 Switzerland 5 8,236,303 0.61
4 Austria 5 8,741,753 0.57
5 Netherlands 8 17,084,719 0.47
6 Canada 11 35,623,680 0.31
7 Belarus 2 9,549,747 0.21
8 Czech Republic 2 10,674,723 0.19
9 Slovakia 1 5,445,829 0.18
10 Finland 1 5,518,371 0.18
11 Germany 14 80,594,017 0.17
12 Hungary 1 9,850,845 0.10
13 Republic of Korea 5 51,181,299 0.10
14 France 5 67,106,161 0.07
15 Italy 3 62,137,802 0.05
16 Japan 4 12,6451,398 0.03
17 United States 9 326,625,791 0.03
18 Poland 1 38,476,269 0.03
19 Ukraine 1 44,033,874 0.02
20 Great Britain 1 64,769,452 0.02
21 Olympic Athlete from Russia 2 142,257,519 0.01
22 China 1 1,379,302,771 0.001

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